President's Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS

This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. 

In 1981, the first cases of the virus that came to be known as HIV were reported in Los Angeles. In the forty years since, the international response to what became a global epidemic sparked impactful collaborations between researchers, grassroots activists, policy-makers and clinicians that generated scientific breakthroughs, sparked social movements, and profoundly impacted our understanding of human rights.

Ironically, the success of biomedical and policy interventions for people living with HIV has led to a reduction in global funding that is inhibiting efforts to end AIDS by 2030. Over half of the 38 million people living with HIV globally lack access to adequate treatment, and the rate of new infections remains high. To uphold the international commitment to ending AIDS - including among high risk and vulnerable populations - there is a need to bring new scholarly, policy and public attention to the successes achieved, lessons learned, and challenges that remain. Efforts to strengthen and encourage partnership between decision makers, the scientific community, and community-based advocates towards the international goal of ending AIDS by 2030 remain as necessary as ever.

This Colloquium aims to inspire and mobilize the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, activists, artists and advocates by providing them with an interdisciplinary understanding of the past, current, and future response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We invite you to join us in exploring the most important issues in HIV today, across disciplines and fields, in partnership with academia, health care practitioners, community members, and activists.

Events & Lectures

Most lectures will take place at SFU's Burnaby campus, a couple of lectures taking place at SFU Vancouver and SFU Surrey.

There will be a networking session after each lecture. 

Reservations for the lectures are coming soon as more speakers are confirmed. Dates and times will be posted as they are confirmed

  • Arts Exhibit: The Lived Experience - Perspectives on Living with HIV 
        January 8-9, SFU Harbour Centre
    This multimedia artistic exhibit will showcase pieces that speak to the history, experiences, activism, and research related to HIV in Vancouver and beyond. 
  • The Past & Future of HIV: Arts, Activism, and Innovation
        Tuesday, January 8, SFU Harbour Centre
    Dr. Julio Montaner, OC, MD, OBC DSc, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP, FRSC (Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS) & Valerie Nicholson (Chair of the Board of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network & Indigenous Peer Navigator for the Positive Living Society of British Columbia)
  • Towards an HIV Cure: Challenges and Prospects
        Tuesday, January 22, SFU Burnaby
    Dr. Zabrina Brumme, PhD (Molecular Biologist and Epidemiologist, Director of the Laboratory Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
  • Perspectives on the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure in Canada
        Tuesday, February 5, SFU Burnaby
    Dr. Richard Elliot (Director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network), Marvelous Muchenje (Community Health Coordinator, Activist, Co-Principal Investigator on the Women, ART, and Criminalization of HIV Study), Dr. Angela Kaida, PhD (Associate Professor at SFU, Lead Investigator on the Women, ART, and Criminalization of HIV Study)
  • HIV Epidemics Among Indigenous Peoples in Canada
        Tuesday, February 26, SFU Harbour Centre
    Dr. Carrie Bourassa, PhD (Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health), Dr. Alexandra King. MD, FRCPC (Cameco Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of Saskatchewan), Danita Wahpoosewyan (Activist, Peer Support Worker at AIDS South Saskatchewan)
  • Steps towards a Vaccine for HIV
        Tuesday, March 12, SFU Harbour Centre
    Dr. Glenda Gray, MBBCH, FCPaed(SA), DSc (honoris causa) (President & CEO of South African Medical Research Council, Co-Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Director of HIV Vaccine Trials Network Africa)
  • The Effect of Stigma and Discrimination on People Living with HIV
        Wednesday, March 19, SFU Surrey
    Bernard Andreason, Dakota Descoteaux, Patience Magagula & HIV Activists
  • Interactions between Injection Drug Use & HIV
        Tuesday, March 27, SFU Woodward's
    Dr. Hansel Tookes, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor at the Miami School of Medicine, Activist & Co-Founder of Florida's first Needle-Exchange Program)

Apply to participate in this Colloquium by November 30

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